Monthly Archives: March 2010

Daylight Saving Time Wastes Energy

Some scientists did a study when Indiana adopted Daylight Saving Time statewide in 2006. They found that energy costs went up. Apparently, heating and cooling costs more than offset the savings in lighting costs.

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Obama Feigning Interest in Mundane Things

 Obama Feigning Interest in Mundane Things
Via Boing Boing

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Edward Tufte Will Explain the Recovery

Information Design Master Edward Tufte has been appointed by the President to a panel whose job it is to track and explain where all the stimulus money is going. Sounds appropriate to me.

Via Boing Boing

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If You Vote for Health Care, Sen. Tom Coburn Will Not Forget, Will Make You Pay

Raising the bar on Republican opposition maneuvers in the Senate, Mr. Coburn on Thursday threatened to put future holds on any Democratic House members who switch their vote in favor of the health care bill, lose their election as a result next November, and then are rewarded with a high-ranking job in the Obama administration.

Classy.
Via Wonkette

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Murray Hill Incorporated for Congress

According to the Supreme Court, corporations have all the rights of individuals. Testing this principle, a PR firm is running for Congress.

SIEGEL: And your corporate candidate, Murray Hill Inc., hopes to run in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Is that the district selected?

Mr. HENSAL: Yes, it’s Maryland Congressional District 8. We’re currently working on getting to become a registered voter, which we were just recently rejected. So we have to work on our response to that. But we need to be a registered voter to run in the Republican primary, which is the place we feel would be most hospitable to a corporate candidate. At least initially, but I guess down the road, you know, the logic of the decision again plays out, and the parties really won’t be so relevant. But for now, we think the Republican primary would be a place to be.

Via NPR

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The 4-Story Limit

From A Pattern Language

There is abundant evidence to show that high buildings make people crazy.

Which is a shame. I love tall buildings.

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North Korea Has a New Leader, and You Should Change Your Name

North Korea is rolling out Kim Jong-il’s successor. They haven’t released a photo of him yet, but it’s safe to assume that he doesn’t look as ridiculous as his father. (Still, I will hold out hope.)

We do know his name though! It is Kim Jong-un, and all other North Koreans named Jong-un must change their names.

via The Morning News

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Obama Will Ban Fishing after He Kills Your Baby

 Obama Will Ban Fishing after He Kills Your Baby

Throw another one on the pile of absurd lies that Real Americans are willing to believe without a second thought as long as they will get another reason to hate Obama.

Apparently now, the President wants to ban fishing. What? Yes, he has set up a task force that is looking to make some recommendations about managing our waterways. It is therefore not a stretch (read: completely untrue) that the task force will ban recreational fishing.

Here’s some research from Media Matters.

Via Wonkette

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Fox News Has a BRAINROOM

 Fox News Has a BRAINROOM

From Wonkette

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A Message for Congressmen RE: Health Care

William Saletan from Slate states the obvious: Your vote on health care is more important than your re-election. Here’s hoping the message is received.

Maybe passing the health care bill will bring on a Republican tsunami. Maybe it will create a generation of Democrats who revere Obama the way their great-grandparents revered FDR. Maybe you’ll be back in Congress next year. Maybe you won’t. Either way, this is too big a vote to cast on the basis of politics. Every so often, a bill comes along that’s bigger than anything your predecessor got to touch. You’re the lucky bastard who had your seat in 2010, when that bill reached the floor. And here you are, worrying about your career, when the purpose of your career is staring you in the face.

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